E1 A Journey Through Whitechapel and Spitalfields

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Although not directly a “Ripper book” E1 brings more to the case than most “Ripper Books” and teaches us something new.  I was looking forward to this release for some time, and when it arrived yesterday, I was unable to put it down, until I finished it!

The book is split into two sections, Whitechapel and Spitalfields, with each section once again split into smaller chapters, and covers the geographical area of E1, minus Mile End, Stepney, Shadwell and Wapping, but despite this, it is book full of wonderful suprises and information for both the East End Novice, to the true Eastender.

The photo’s are full of little details, and local charector, which will become a vital resource on the area in years to come, if not now.  Market traders, shoppers, and diners of every creed, colour and nationality are here, and it amazing to think that the same social groups are still as evident today as they was back in the Victorian period, but the book goes beyond that.

Most, if not all, of the locations in the book contain a full history, not just of the building, but the people associated with it, and tales of strikes, marches, protests, and criminal activity come to life, and take you on a journey into what life was like in the past.

Jack the Ripper gets the ocasional mention, alongside other colourful charectors such as the Krays, Jack “The Hat” McVitie, and Dick Turpin.  The book also features information on Joseph Merrick aka The Elephant Man and Michael Jackson!

This is a great book, and one that is so easy to pick up and read in one sitting, or to visit time and time again in smaller bitesize chunks.  If you don’t learn something new from this book, you have not read it properly!

A must for anyone with an interest in the East End of London, it’s buildings, people, streets and stories.

I must congratulate John Bennett on a great read, and also Five Leaves Publishing for the quick turnaround on delivery!

E1 A Journey Through Whitechapel and Spitalfields

John G. Bennett

2009 Five Leaves Publishing

ISBN: 978 1 905512 54 6

RRP: £9.99

4 Responses to “E1 A Journey Through Whitechapel and Spitalfields”

  1. ross bradshaw Says:

    Thanks for the comment on Five Leaves. We are really pleased with the book. Mind you, I thought we were nuts being interested in London’s East End and being in Nottingham. But Hull?

  2. admin Says:

    Geographically Hull is much closer than some of the folks who have an interest in the East End, which seem’s to have a wonderful enduring appeal.

  3. Mike Says:

    Hi, nice posts there :-) thank’s for the interesting information

  4. Farko Says:

    Thanks for the interesting information.

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